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Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by Ross, Sep 18, 2008.
Thanks for all the responses!!
I had the valves on my old cornet (circa 1918) completely redone by Anderson, and I thought they did a great job...
They have a very nice web site.and answer all there E-mail very quickly.They not only plate but do complete overhauls.I going to have a Mendez long cornet overhauled by them down the road.
I would certainly use Anderson's for all of my plating, as any repair shop uses worth anything uses them. If you want dents removed you have to tell them. They, as with all shops, are not going to do something that the customer has not requested.
S Coomer: If I am sending in a horn to be replated, which also needs to be buffed, stripped and prepped, it didn't even cross my mind that I would need to also specify that I wanted the dents taken out. Be that as it may, Anderson could have asked me if I wanted them to take the dents out or not, which they didn't do. They did, however ask me if I wanted the horn reassembled, which I thought was strange.
As one mechanically-challenged, if my horn came back unassembled, it would still be in the box today unassembled. I know my limitations.
It does seem strange, until you get into a restoration project where you want particular parts of the job done by different vendors with different types of expertise. In that case you might not want want it reassembled if it would just have to be disassembled again for work by another vendor. Regardless, it's a good thing they asked you
Being financially stressed last winter, I sent my fathers York Master Model trumpet to another plating and repair shop in Florida. What a horrible mistake that was. I was promised a 2 week turn arround. That ended up more like 3 1/2 months, with every kind of a B.S. story and excuse I have ever heard. When the horn finally showed up I was pleased with the compression and smoothness of the valve actuation and posted my satisfaction on this forum. About a month into practiceing with the horn, cleaning the cylinders and pistons with surgical gauze, followed by lubing with Hetmans #1 valve oil on a daily basis I noticed that the nickel plating was bubbling and peeling down to the copper flash that the tech had applied so that the nickel would adhere. Now, I use the horn very little because the valves are becoming ever more gritty in their action. The nickel is now missing in patches nearly the size of a dime. I CERTAINLY WILL NOT send that trumpet or any other to that same shop. I dearly wish that I had sent my beautiful old heirloom trumpet to Andersons.
I'd suggest this guy Green's Buffing and Instrument Repair - Home he worked for Anderson's and lives in Elkhart. He gave me a far better price than Anderson's did and he will have them do the plating.